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Get Tough: Free Winter Webinars for Market Growers

This winter Ben is offering a series of free webinars. SIGN UP FOR MY MAILING LIST IN THE BOX BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT FUTURE DATES FOR THE WEBINARS. YOU CAN WATCH PREVIOUS WEBINARS BELOW.

Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, is the nation's leading expert on lean systems thinking applied to the farm, and Clay Bottom Farm is recognized internationally for its sustainable and profitable farming model. Join our growing list of students in our lean farm school online course.

What makes our course unique?

This is the only online farming course teaching the art and skill of farming using the lean system**, a Janpanese invention to reduce waste.

Your time is valuable so our courses are full of summary sheets and slides so you learn fast and have the info you need at your fingertips.

  • To enter into farming as a career is no small decision. It involves a lot of risk and a lot of commitment--for the farmer and for family members. Success is about details and, yes, hard work. Our online courses and live workshops give you precise information--about spacings, varieties, timing, and must-have tools--so that you remove risk at the start of your farm career.

CLICK TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LEAN FARM ONLINE COURSE

What others are saying

Ben Hartman’s mindset and approach to lean farming is really important for all farmers to learn and understand—from beginners to veterans, on both small scale and large scale farms alike. Not only is Ben a good educator, but he is a kind soul. And the world needs more kind souls!
— Ray Tyler, Rose Creek Farms
Ben Hartman is a true innovator for the small farm.
— Curtis Stone
Farming is not JUST a business, but it’s still a business, and Hartman’s application of Toyota’s efficiency principles to the farm is nothing short of profound.
— Joel Salatin
Everyone strives for efficiency in vegetable farming, but Ben Hartman has actually achieved it.
— Lynn Byczynscki, author of Market Farming Success and founder of Growing for Market magazine
Ben Hartman is diversified farming’s Dean of Lean. He walks the talk ... Lean is the epitome of efficiency an essential ingredient of any successful farm.
— Richard Wiswall

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Ben leading workshops at Ray and Ashley Tyler's Rose Creek Farms in Selmer, TN, in 2017

Calendar of Events

  • Sept. 7-8, 2018, Lean Farm Design: 2-day Intensive Course at Clay Bottom Farm

  • Nov. 2-3, 2018, all-day workshop at keynote at the Spokane Farm and Food Expo, Spokane, WA

  • Dec. 17, 7 pm Free Lean Crop Planning webinar (see above)
  • Jan. 7, 2019, #britishflowers guest presenter for flowersfromthefarm.co.uk
  • Jan. 18-21, Young Agrarians British Columbia, Canada, 2 days of workshops
  • Jan. 25-26, Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum
  • Feb. 1, 2019, 1-hour presentation for the Northern Indiana Grazing Conference, LaGrange, IN
  • Feb 8-9, 2019, Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA
  • Feb. 15-16, 2019, all-day workshop and seminar at Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Dayton, OH
  • Feb. 23-24, Eco-Farm Day in Cornwall or Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (pending)
  • Mar. 1-4, 2019, Young Agrarians British Columbia, Canada (pending)
  • Mar. 7-9, Back to Your Roots Conference, Louisiana Tech University, full day Masterclass
  • Mar 16, NOFA New Hampshire, full day presenation and keynote.
  • Mar 28, Alexandria, Louisiana, 5:30-8:30 presenation for Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA)
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Who we are...

Clay Bottom Farm is located in northern Indiana. The farm's owners, Ben Hartman and Rachel Hershberger, grow specialty vegetables on less than one acre of land, and the farm has twice won Edible Michiana's Reader's Choice Award.

Ben is the author of the The Lean Farm (winner of the Shingo Prize) and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, and in 2017 was appointed to the Grist 50, a list of emerging green leaders in the United States.